Monday, December 27, 2004

Web surfing without a trace?

Want to surf the web and leave no local trace? For folks that are ultra-concerned about their surfing privacy, you might want to look at the StealthSurfer.

The StealthSurfer is built around a USB 2.0 flash drive and contains an on-board web browser. You simply plug the StealthSurfer into a USB slot and your Win98ME, Windows 2000 or Windows XP computer will recognize the device as a removable storage unit. You then run the web browser software that is built into the device's memory and all of your cached web page files, history and cookies are saved to the StealthSurfer instead of your PC. The device is available in various capacities ranging from 128MB to 1GB.

Click "Read More!" to see the various features of the StealthSurfer and read some of my additional thoughts.

"StealthSurfer features:
• Your computer AUTOMATICALLY records every move you make! Anyone with basic computer knowledge can view where you've been on the Web.

• Deleting this information does not permanently remove it from your computer – nor does emptying your ‘Recycle Bin.’ Even clearing your browser's cache and ‘History’ files will not fully remove lingering data. Privacy and cleansing software also risk leaving data remnants on your hard drive and are not 100% efficient!

The only way to truly ensure privacy is to keep your files and data close at hand. With StealthSurfer, you take your browser and all other sensitive information with you when you leave your computer. Should your StealthSurfer fall into unwanted hands, password protection maintains your data’s privacy and security."

Part of me thinks that this is a great alternative to local web browsing and it will likely defeat any security concerns around the various desktop search programs from Google and MSN. However, another part of me thinks that I should be able to buy a much cheaper USB flash drive and install a browser on it, much like Mozilla Firefox on a USB drive. It should be possible to have a portable USB-version of Firefox that allows me to store the same type of info on the flash drive which would protect my web surfing data for much less.

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At 12/27/2004 6:53 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

Very. Very interesting. I have never seen anything like this. I assume it works?

At 12/27/2004 7:01 PM, Blogger Kevin C. Tofel said...

Gindy, I haven't used the device; I actually came across it in a magazine and did a little reviewing of the StealthSurfer website. If the device configures the "local" web files, history and cookies to be stored on the USB drive, then it absolutely should work. Instead of storing your web data on the hard drive of your local PC, it is stored on the USB drive that you take out of the PC.


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